One lives in the naive notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past. ~Elias Canetti, The Human Province
How often do I think that there will be time later to do those things that I don’t fit into my life today? As we enter the often busy holiday season, I want to take this quote to heart by embracing each day and filling it with those things that are most important.
Here’s what I hope to focus on in the coming days.
1. Concentrate on relationships. Instead of intently crossing things off my to-do list, let me notice the needs of my husband and children and put those ahead of what I want to get done.
2. Take time each day to do something I enjoy. I like to read, so I could set aside fifteen minutes a day for that. I also need to keep healthy habits like exercise and sufficient sleep a priority.
3. Try something new. It may be a recipe or a different way of arranging our Christmas decorations, but I want to step outside my normal routine.
4. Don’t take the happy moments for granted. Realize that this stage in our family’s life will never come again.
May the rest of 2012 find me living in the “now” and not waiting to do things “later!”